Report: Americans not eating their vegetables

Dec 21, 2010

Eating more produce can help maintain good health.

The federal government is coming up short in its bid to convince more Americans to maintain their health by eating more fruits and vegetables.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of 2009, about 32.5 percent of adults were consuming fruit at least twice a day, while 26.3 percent were consuming vegetables at least three times per day.

In fact, the number of people consuming fruit at least twice a day actually declined slightly between 2000 and 2009, according to the CDC. The government health agency maintains a website at FruitsAndVeggiesMatt.gov to give consumers more information about adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet.

Many medical experts advise people to have at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy diet. People can also maintain healthy blood pressure by exercising regularly and consuming lean meats and products that are lower in fat.

By eating more servings of fruits and vegetables, people can enjoy better healthy while lowering their risk of medical problems like high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and chronic conditions that can be fueled by obesity.

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